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A New Way of Looking at '12 Years a Slave': Through Its Music

  • November 15, 2013 1:50 PM
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A pop critic and a music scholar examine how the much-lauded movie explores the history of black music, and whether its score simplifies its complex emotions.

Why Discussing '12 Years a Slave's Cinematography Is Better Than a "Conversation on Race"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 21, 2013 1:51 PM
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Rather than a nebulous "national conversation," '12 Years a Slave' sparks a discussion about racial bias built into the machinery of filmmaking itself.

'12 Years a Slave' Dissenters Raise Questions Worth Answering

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 18, 2013 12:25 PM
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Steve McQueen's brutal, unsparing look at American slavery has met with near-universal acclaim, but the critics who find fault with it ask questions worth answering.